Discuss the possibility of the Ability Protean being banned from the SM Balanced Hackmons tier. Use this thread to discuss Protean's effect on the metagame. Talk about the different Protean Users and sets in the metagame, possible partners and team support, and potential checks and counters. State your opinion on whether you think it should be banned or if it should stay in SM Balanced Hackmons. All opinions are valid, and discussion amongst players is not only allowed but encouraged, provided your judgment is backed with sound reasoning and validation coming from experience having played with / against Protean Users in the tier. Do not simply say "it's broken" or "it's not broken”, and do not make arguments via theorymoning. Check out the sample sets for Protean Abusers if you want to test more about it. Check out the Guide to Suspect Posting and the Balanced Hackmons Tiering Philosophy before getting started if you are unsure of anything.